An Insignificant Man trailer: The turbulent journey of Arvind Kejriwal and his party
The first trailer of the documentary, An Insignificant Man, released Wednesday afternoon and it captures both good and bad perceptions of the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal.bollywood Updated: Oct 25, 2017 16:00 IST
The first trailer of the documentary, An Insignificant Man, released Wednesday afternoon and it captures one of the most important moments in the contemporary Indian politics. The film, which had been facing censor troubles, goes behind the scenes to document the rise of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party.
The three-minute sneak peek promises a thrilling look at the political situation in India at the time and how a populist outsider managed to capture the imagination of people. Directors Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla recorded 400 hours of footage over the course of a year, capturing the clash between idealism and politics during AAP’s 2013 election campaign.
The trailer takes the viewer back to when Yogendra Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal were working together. One of the starkest visuals in the trailer is of Yadav clutching his head in a moment of private despair. This shot alone draws attention to the exceptional access the filmmakers had. It promises a film that goes behind closed doors of politics unlike ever before, leaving one to wonder if all the footage is indeed real.
“Can Kejriwal really succeed as a politician?” a commentator asks at the end of the trailer. Four years later, there may not be a clear answer. However, the meteoric rise of the activist-turned-CM remains an important shift in the political landscape, posing a serious challenge to entrenched political elite.
Interestingly, both good and bad perceptions of the AAP is highlighted by the trailer. Taking an unbiased approach, it leaves the viewer to wonder and draw their own conclusions. The lack of interviews and voiceovers - common in documentaries - give it a cinematic feel.
An Insignificant Man, directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla under the banner of Global media giant Vice and Memesys Lab, is slated to release on November 17.
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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 16:00 IST